© 1975

Thinking and Doing

The Philosophical Foundations of Institutions

  • Hector-Neri Castañeda

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Introduction: Tasks and Problems

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      Pages 1-21
  3. The Logico-Ontological Structure of the Representational Image of Practical Thinking

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      Pages 23-23
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  4. The Meta-Psychology of Practical Thinking: The Action Schema

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
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  5. The Metaphysics of Practical Thinking: The Reality of Doing and of Deontic Properties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
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      Pages 309-329
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-367

About this book


Philosophy is the search for the large patterns of the world and of the large patterns of experience, perceptual, theoretical, . . . , aesthetic, and practical - the patterns that, regardless of specific contents, characterize the main types of experience. In this book I carry out my search for the large patterns of practical experience: the experience of deliberation, of recognition of duties and their conflicts, of attempts to guide other person's conduct, of deciding to act, of influencing the physical world with one's doings, and the like. This is the experience that makes possible our social life, the formulation of plans for teamwork, the building of institutions, the development of nations, and the adoption of the ideal of morality. Here I develop a network of theories about the most fundamental aspects of practical thinking: what is thought in such thinking; what makes that thinking correct; what makes it practical; and the structure of the doings that accrue to the world when such thinking is effective. I have attempted to build each theory in sufficient detail, so that it il­ luminates its subject matter with a certain degree of fullness. But I have also aimed at producing an harmonious system of theories, so that the grand pattern of practical thinking can be admired, not only for the beauty of the separate structures of its parts, but also for its architectonic unity. Chapter 1 gives the details of the many facets of this project and discusses some methodological techniques.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hector-Neri Castañeda
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Thinking and Doing
  • Book Subtitle The Philosophical Foundations of Institutions
  • Authors Hector-Neri Castañeda
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0610-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1375-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-9888-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 368
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
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